Azad Moots Affordable Diabetic Test Kits for Villagers Over 35

by Rajashri on  October 5, 2009 at 9:27 PM Diabetes News   - G J E 4
 Azad Moots Affordable Diabetic Test Kits for Villagers Over 35
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that all villagers aged over 35 will be given affordable diabetic test kits in order to identify and deal with the disease effectively.

Speaking at a conference on diabetes in South Asia, Azad said, "To test 25 or 30 crore people through this will cost the government around Rs.1,500 to Rs.1600 crore (Rs.15 to Rs.16 billion) and this the health ministry can not afford. I have asked the department of health research to develop cost effective test sticks."

He acknowledged that India had a huge burden as far as diabetes was concerned. With over 30 million diabetes patients, India is often referred to as the diabetes capital of the world. Currently glucometer sticks cost Rs 30 apiece, but Azad wants these to come down to Rs 5-6.

"We will also ask the people to go for self checking of sugar level in blood through these sticks. Once they know about their sugar level, they can go and seek a doctor's help," he explained.

Source: Medindia

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the diabetic testing glucose meters, if developed indigenously should not cost morethan rs.500-00 and the test sticks should not cost more than rs.1/-. it is the corporate greed that is boosting the price. azad should call for all india tenders to manufacture and supply glucose meters and test sticks in colloboration with AIIMS with an assured intake by government of atleat 1crore meters and ten crore sticks in the next 5years from atleast 500 small scale industires spreadover all over the country. it is possible that this will encourage and develop indigenous industries and intelligent enterprieners.only the basic standards and technology has to be developed by ecil and aiims and passed on to industries without any additional royalties. the cost of technology development can be borne by government since this is what is exploited by corporates who charge skyhigh is possible, easy and practicable and what is needed is the real will of the government. i hope my suggestion will be passed on to azad.
narumanchianji Monday, October 5, 2009

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